The effect of aerosol microphysical processes on the backscatter from an aerosol plume undergoing long-range atmospheric transport was studied. A numerical model which examines the effects of coagulation and sedimentation on an aerosol size distribution is under development and the initial results for a single homogeneous layer were obtained. Use was made of the SAGE/SAM II data set to study the global variation of aerosol concentration and, hence, to predict the variation of Beta sub CO2. Computer programs were written to determine the mean, median, and the probability distribution of the measured aerosol extinction as a function of altitude, latitude and geographical conditions. The first data sets analyzed in this way are under study. Data was used to study aerosol behavior over the U.S.A. and the Pacific Ocean.